Public health and government officials are urging Canadians to practice social distancing. For some, social distancing could make the difference between life and death. Andrew Gurza, a Toronto-based disability awareness consultant, has cerebral palsy. His condition could make him seriously vulnerable if he were to contract COVID-19. In an interview with CBC, Gurza, who uses
This is the first article in an 8 part series published in the Verdict law journal on medical malpractice litigation. In this article, Andrea Donaldson reviews the foundation principles of the duty of care and considers these principles in the context of a number of cases. The Doctor-patient relationship is a very important part of
Andrea Donaldson of Pacific Medical Law recently received her Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) Level 1 certification, allowing her to teach skiing to people with disabilities. CADS instructor training courses are held throughout Canada for people wishing to learn and improve their skills as instructors for people with disabilities. Level 1 consists of personal ski improvement
Babies are cooled immediately after birth if they have hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE is a condition that occurs when an infant’s brain is deprived of oxygen. It is a significant cause of death and long-term disability in infants. The severity of the infant’s HIE determines his or her risk of cognitive impairment and disability.
Doctor have a duty to act with the utmost loyalty and good faith when dealing with their patients, and must never allow their personal interests to conflict with their professional duty. This duty is called a “fiduciary duty.” In this article Andrea Donaldson reviews a number of infamous lawsuits in which physicians breached this duty,